MrSkyGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
Am I alone in my perception that bare metal engine nacelles look fabulous? (did I just say fabulous? .. moving on) Sadly it also appears that keeping engine nacelles bare was a more "retro" look of liveries gone by..
What do you think? Did bare engine nacelles look better than their painted counterparts? I wonder if there's additional cost of painting vs. polishing.. perhaps not. One would immediately think that the cost of painting aircraft would be more expensive, but then Southwest seemingly threw a wet blanket on that assumption when they painted "Silver One" to.. save money.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6091 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1802 times:
Quoting Mark McCoy (Reply 4): Also, here's a photo (best example I could think of) of AirTran's N951LF (A320) which experienced an in-flight separation of the number one engine cowling. Looks like almost the entire nacelle is metal.
I've never touched a V2500, but I suspect the reverser sleeve is composite, like on the CFM's.